A 23-year-old Madison man was arrested Friday night in a crowded downtown area for allegedly carrying a concealed handgun that he apparently purchased off the back of a truck.
Matthew Leonard was tentatively charged with carrying a concealed weapon and a probation violation upon his arrest at about 11:52 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of University Avenue, the Madison Police Deparment reported.
Wisconsin became the 49th state to allow concealed carry in legislation passed and signed into law this summer, but the license provisions of the law don't take effect until Nov. 1.
According to the police report, officers on patrol downtown were watching about 500-1,000 people near the 400 block of North Frances Street when one officer saw what he believed to be a holster underneath the shirt of the suspect.
"He conveyed the info to backup units, and then they confronted the suspect," said police spokesman Officer Howard Payne.
Leonard was taken into custody and was noted to have a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, police said.
"When interviewed he acknowledged he was trying to be cool and it (having a gun) wasn't a smart thing to do," Payne said.
Leonard told police he acquired the handgun recently.
"He said he didn't know either the seller or the history of the firearm, since he purchased it out of a truck," Payne said.
Payne said it's a good idea to only buy guns from reputable people.
"It also goes without saying that alcohol should never be used when carrying or using a firearm," Payne said. "Your abilities and judgment can be significantly impaired."
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